Tips to Maintaining the Value on Your Hyundai

The subjective value of your vehicle is not a real thing in many cases. Kelley Blue Book values provide some guidelines for how the market is rating the value of aging vehicles. This is like a book publishing average final bid prices for confusing mixed lots of fine and junk jewelry being purchased without a professional appraisal. 

The reality is that demonstrating the objective value of any vehicle in the independent market is no walk in the park. There is a certain amount of irrationality involved in used car buying. And as automobiles become more complicated every year, buying a used vehicle is a lot like buying a used laptop that may have accumulated loads of viruses, spyware, and glitches that make it crash and underperform. Except, when it comes to vehicles, these factors may be costly repairs and electrical gremlins that make a vehicle unreliable and an utterly worthless money pit. 

High-volume dealerships have the benefit of maintaining vehicles they sell from start to finish and being able to quantify their confidence with convenient warranty protections on certified pre-owned vehicles. Building a good relationship with your Hyundai dealer and demonstrating to them that the vehicle is being well taken care of is one strategy. A parallel strategy is to maintain your vehicle so well that market prices don't matter because you are in no hurry to sell. There is only the balancing incentive of price weighed against the latest features when your aging vehicle still runs and looks like new. Here are some tips to help you keep your new Hyundai looking and driving like new forever. 

1. Prevent Cosmetic Damage 

This may sound like wishful thinking if you live in a chaotic big city or on rough roads where circumstances are beyond your control. However, there are a number of products for even the most susceptible drivers to keep that paint job under wraps. Companies like 3M literally keep your car under wraps by manufacturing customized applications of paint protection film. The professionally installed thermoadhesive-backed film protects your vehicle for scratches, grime, UV damage, weather damage, tree sap, and bird droppings. It can be peeled right off to reveal the original finish when its time to sell. 

Protecting your Hyundai with an asphalt-based spray-on undercoating will also help eliminate the worries of your undercarriage rusting out from road salt in Snowbelt regions. The choice is up to the consumer today to decide how well they can protect the paint of their vehicle without supplementing it. Frequent washing, hard waxing, sealing, coating your vehicle with silicon, or applying paint protection film kits, are all viable options. Sealants and silicon coatings can do wonders to repel grime and protect the paint from UV damage and weather. Among these pay-to-play methods of maintaining your vehicle's value, automatic car washing is probably the worst because it strips the protecting wax off your vehicle and will likely dull it with microabrasions. 

2. Perform Preventative Maintenance 

After your warranty expires, don't fall into the habit of doing the bare minimum to pass inspections. An aging vehicle needs attention to retain that crisp, lively, like-new driving experience. Tuning up your vehicle and keeping on top of maintenance are key. Rubber parts and gaskets are the primary failure points for everything in your vehicle. Serious damage almost always begins with a bad gasket — followed by lost lubricant and premature metal wear. In other cases, it is a failed rubber belt (i.e, timing belt) or a rubber protector (axle boot) that breaks down. 

If you are changing your fluids according to factory intervals at the dealership, ask them to demonize your vehicle for sake of preventative maintenance. They can replace boots, belts, hoses, and gaskets that are aging but have yet to fail. If your vehicle is at 100,000 miles or more, you may want to consider overhauling it with fresh wheel bearings, oxygen sensors, coolant temperature sensors, spark plugs, and all new tires every five years (even if the tread is good), inter alia. You should also ask the dealer techs what sort of defects are common in the vehicle and how they may be avoided by taking some preemptive measures. 

3. Protect Your Interior 

If you haven't invested in leather interior, it makes sense to protect cloth with something more durable. Neoprene car interior is probably the next best thing to well-maintained leather. Neoprene is flame-resistant and will prevent cigarette burns. It is water-resistant and will prevent spills. In addition, neoprene regulates temperature in all seasons. You won't get scalded or freeze to death on your seats in extreme weather. 

Best of all, neoprene has a very modern look to it and is very durable all-around. That is because neoprene is the same material they use to make wetsuits for deep-sea divers and surfers. It is not incredibly expensive and is something that gives your car interior a strong shield like paint protection films.
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